Why Lisbon?

Legend has it that Lisboa was founded by Ulysses. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”. Most likely it was founded by the Phoenicians and styled by the Moors which shows in the strong Arabic influences. It was, after all, ruled by the Moors for 450 years. In the 12th century the Christians re conquered the city but it was not until the mid 13th century that Lisbon became the country’s capital.

On the right hand bank of the river Tagus, Lisbon is a city whose legendary history stretches back over twenty centuries. The maritime Voyages of Discovery turned Lisbon into one of the world’s great ports and the centre of an empire that stretched from Brazil in the West to India in the East. On the banks of the river, great monuments testify to that history. After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa Pombalina downtown was rebuilt in the classical style while many of its adjoining medieval neighborhoods survived and are now home to an amazing array of stores, restaurants and coffees. Lisbon’s exceptional and highly individualistic light has charmed writers, photographers and filmmakers with the polychrome facade tiles serving to create a particular atmosphere. On foot, by tram, boat or walking the banks of the Tagus, and even on the metro - an open underground museum of contemporary Portuguese art, any means serves to reveal the cultural diversity of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

More information about Lisbon

Lisbon and living in Lisbon, all relevant information can be found at: www.visitlisboa.com and www.visitportugal.com.

Lisbon Tourism 

Phone: +351 210 312 700; +351 210 312 700; Fax: +351 210 312 899; E-mailatl@visitlisboa.com

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